Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The epidemiological research at IMM is focused on advancing knowledge about disease etiology and prognosis with an emphasis on environmental and lifestyle factors, and on methodological development and stringency. The unit of Environmental Epidemiology has a strong track record of successful national and international large-scale studies in environmental epidemiology investigating health effects of ambient air pollution, community noise and green structure as well as other environmental exposures. In a multidisciplinary environment we collaborate with leading research groups worldwide using advanced study designs to provide robust research data and inform public health policy. In working with us you will benefit from a rich research network, high-quality cohorts with extensive environmental and health data, including high-throughput molecular biomarker assessments, and the pleasure of working in a group with strong epidemiological and biostatistical skills. Further, we frequently participate in environmental health risk assessments for national as well as international organizations and authorities. These assessments are often based on research conducted within the unit.

Your mission

Your main role will be to perform a broad range of analyses of environmental, molecular and clinical data on large cohorts applying advanced quantitative epidemiological methods. The emphasis will be on proteomics and high-resolution metabolomics, as well as other -omics data, and respiratory (e.g. lung function, COPD and asthma) and cardiometabolic outcomes (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes). The work will include coordination and facilitation of data collection and management, data analyses and manuscript preparation in collaboration with other researchers. You will have the opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary as well as an international setting, including top scientists from Europe and the US participating in the EU-funded EXPANSE project (, designed to study the urban exposome, which is the sum of all non-genetic drivers of health and disease.

In addition, the postdoctoral researcher is also expected to undertake a limited amount of teaching, supervise students, and participate in health risk assessments. 

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant's main supervisor, director or equivalent.

Eligibility for this position includes a PhD degree within medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics or related field. The successful applicant has:

  • Solid knowledge of epidemiological methods, particularly within the field of environmental factors and health.
  • Experience with statistical analyses of cross-sectional and longitudinal health outcome data
  • High level of proficiency in handling large data sets, in particular omics-data.
  • Excellent data management skills and a solid knowledge of statistical software (preferably STATA or R).
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Experience in organizing and carrying out research projects.
  • An ability to collaborate with colleagues within and beyond the group.
  • Is organized, responsible, efficient, and flexible in dealing with unpredictability and changes.

Merits include Swedish proficiency, documented knowledge of molecular biology, experience with international consortium work.

This is a position of 2 years with possibility of extension.


What do we offer? 

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles employees to several benefits such as extended holiday and a generous occupational pension. Employees also have free access to our modern gym and receive reimbursements for medical care.


Unit of Environmental Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Solna with close collaboration with researchers at the Department of Clinical Science and Education Södersjukhuset, KI.




An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  • A complete resumé, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)

Welcome to apply at the latest 30 nov 2020. 

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-4543/2020
  • Olena Gruzieva, MD, Asst. professor,
  • Erik Melén, MD, professor,
  • Petter.Ljungman, MD, researcher ,
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO , 08-524 875 79,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR , 08-524 874 19,
  • Karlhans Che, Anda Gliga Saco-S,,
Published 20.Oct.2020
Last application date 30.Nov.2020 11:59 PM CET

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